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Get a grip football fans, the Atlanta Falcons won’t be trading for Von Miller

Fact: Von Miller prefers a tropical air freshener

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The Atlanta Falcons pass rush is a work in progress. Heck, it’s been a work in progress for years. But with a solid foundation already in place, there’s a bright, productive future ahead.

Because the universe hates me it’s the off-season, a Von Miller to the Falcons rumor has been picking up speed over the past 24 hours. It all started with an article floating six crazy potential trades. That article was well-written and its authors tried their best to temper expectations. It suggested the Falcons would need to surrender two first round picks and a second round pick to land Von Miller. That alone makes it unlikely. But for whatever reason, Twitter is running wild, geeking out about the impossible.

Leave it alone, y’all. This isn’t happening. Here’s why:


First, the Falcons can’t afford Miller. His cap hit for four of the next five years is north of $20 million. He’s guaranteed another $53 million. That’s a lot of cheddar, if you’re not following.

The Falcons need their picks

Second, the draft pick package the Falcons would need to relinquish is too valuable. Imagine the Falcons defense three years from now with two more first rounders or a first rounder and a second rounder. If you were impressed in 2016, just wait.

It’s not Quinn’s style

Third, adding an otherworldly player Miller isn’t necessarily head coach Dan Quinn’s style. This may be purely anecdotal, but he values the unit over the individual. This is a “brotherhood,” isn’t it? Not “Von Miller and everyone else.”

In short, this ain’t happening. Move on. Nothing to see here.